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A four-run inning in the Detroit Lakes Softball Invitational Saturday salvaged one win for the Lakers, who finished fourth in the eight-team tournament. The Lakers went 1-2 on the day, which was highlighted by a 4-2 victory over Lake Park-Audubon in the opening round. They then suffered losses to West Fargo 11-1 and Moorhead in the bronze game, 18-4. There was one facet of DL's game which was not present -- offense -- as the team produced only 15 hits on the day. "We've been batting strong all season, but not this weekend," said DL head coach Phil Kirchner.
What was a liability in the Detroit Lakes softball team's first two losses became a strength this week, as the defense stepped up big time for the Lakers in an impressive doubleheader sweep over visiting Perham Tuesday. The Lakers made all the plays in a 9-3 first game win, with no errors, and overcame five errors in game two with a couple of huge favorable plays at the plate in a narrow 9-8 walk-off win in the nightcap. "It's all about defense," said DL head coach Phil Kirchner.
With a little inconsistency still lingering, the Detroit Lakes girls' golf team is still finding top team finishes in the early part of the season. The Lakers finished second by only one stroke Friday in Perham, as the host Yellowjackets nipped DL 393 to 394. Courtney Hedstrom shot a fifth-place score of 94, while Perham's Holly Karkela won medalist laurels with an 85. "It's just been some course management problems with the girls, so far, but it's still early," said DL head coach Jen Hendrickson.
A seventh-inning rally came up far too short and far too late as the Detroit Lakes softball team dropped to 0-2 on the season with a 7-3 loss in Thief River Falls Friday. DL senior pitcher Callea Butz tossed all six innings and gave up just two earned runs, while five errors led to the other five being unearned. "If we could have played good defense, it would have bee a much closer game," said DL head coach Phil Kirchner. "Thief River Falls hit the ball well, though.
There was too much giving and not enough producing in the Detroit Lakes baseball team's first loss of the season in Fergus Falls Friday. A total of 10 walks and five errors given up by the Lakers were too much to overcome, as the Otters piled on six first-inning runs to pace them to a 15-5 victory in six innings. "There were just too many free bases given up," said DL head coach Steve Fuhs.
The Detroit Lakes boys' and girls' track and field teams hit their biggest meet of the season, thus far, after competing in the Moorhead Invite Friday. The Lakers were one of the smaller schools participating in the event, with the attitude of improving their times and distances eclipsing place finishes. As has been par the course, improvement was made on every level for the Lakers again.
A nine-run fourth-inning broke the backs of the Pelican Rapids Vikings Thursday, as the Detroit Lakes baseball team ran away with the season opener 13-0 in five innings. Senior ace pitcher Brock Johnson kept his array of pitches to a minimum, but his fastball was in full motion as he hurled the first four scoreless innings and allowed just three hits and one walk. But the cushion Johnson had was provided by a good-swinging offensive effort, as DL used nine hits to amplify three Viking errors and five walks into 13 runs.
Tuesday was the time for the younger and junior varsity tracksters to shine and not be in the shadow of the varsity athletes, during the Fergus Falls Invite. The Lakers team Tuesday consisted of all the junior varsity and junior high competitors, who ran up against 10 other varsity teams. Considering those odds, the Lakers didn't fair bad, with several solid performances coming from the future of the program. "It was a good situation in that it gave our junior varsity kids the opportunity to be the big dogs," said DL head girls' coach Mike Labine.
After attending the third-ever Minnesota Twins game at Target Field Thursday, it made me think back to my first game at the Metrodome in its inaugural season. The irony of the two games was way too apparent as I recalled that first Metrodome game, which was against the visiting Texas Rangers. Thursday's Twins' tilt was against the Boston Red Sox, under sunny skies in 70-degree temperatures, with the players playing on the green glow of real grass turf. My first taste of the Metrodome as an 8-year-old wide-eyed kid came under the gloomy, dank and artificial lightning
Hitting? Check. Pitching? Check. Defense? Ummmm....not quite. The Detroit Lakes softball team did well in two of their three facets of the game, but defense sunk them in their season opener in Bemidji with an 11-6 loss. The Lakers committed 13 errors, leading to eight unearned runs, as DL even outhit the Lumberjacks by a 10-9 margin. "The girls hit the ball well and pitched well, but the 13 errors was the game right there," said DL head coach Phil Kirchner.